Archive to AR Immersive storytelling
Sheffield-based Hive IT are a design technology company who specialise in user experience design and software development. This project is a collaboration between Hive IT, the University of Sheffield and the National Railway Museum in York. The National Railway Museum is home to the national railway collection, which has more than a million unique objects, from large vehicles to tea spoons, that tell the human and technical history of railways from their 1780s origins to today.
The project will create and user-test a story-driven augmented reality mobile experience for train passengers. The experience will incorporate National Railway Museum archival content to create a historically accurate, immersive in-train experience that will engage aspiring visitors and audiences. These people may not have the resources or capability for an in-person visit, or may not yet have visited the museum.
The overall research and development challenge is to ‘turn museum archives inside-out’ by using them as the foundation for a story-driven AR experience. The project will also aim to develop leading-edge immersive technology to deliver new forms of access to cultural heritage.
The collaboration will also explore a repeatable and commercially scalable production process for using the museum’s vast archive in the production of immersive storytelling experiences. This includes the creation of a technical production process that inputs archive content and outputs a digital product.